©2019 by Melissa Magaro, Ph.D., A Psychological Corporation

11500 W Olympic Blvd., Suite 460
Los Angeles, CA 90064

424-270-6336

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EXPERIENCE MEANINGFUL CHANGE

 
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“Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

Viktor E. Frankl

 

ABOUT ME

Licensed Psychologist
Certified Cognitive Behavior Therapist

I received my B.A. from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and then earned my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, I trained with Dr. Michelle Craske in the assessment and treatment of emotional disorders, with an emphasis on anxiety disorders. I completed a one-year internship at UCLA Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and then a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in evidence-based treatment for severe mental illness at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. 

I am committed to helping clients thrive by utilizing scientifically proven methods to reduce symptoms, promote healing, and enhance life satisfaction.  I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and mindfulness-based treatments.  I am a Beck Scholar and am currently a member of the teaching faculty at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  I am also a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, certified as a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist.  Furthermore, I serve as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. I remain active in training and clinical supervision as part of my commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based treatments. 


I offer specialized evidence-based treatment of anxiety (panic, obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, generalized worry, social anxiety and phobias) in addition to mood disorders and insomnia. I also have training in habit reversal training and experience working with hair pulling and skin picking. Having worked with college students for seven years at UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services, I have a particular interest in the developmental transition to adulthood.  

 

EVIDENCE-BASED PERSONALIZED CARE

You deserve treatment that works

In the first several sessions, I will conduct an evaluation and work with you to develop a shared understanding of your concerns. This will aid us in the development of a treatment plan that is based on scientifically proven methods to help you reach your goals.  Employing cutting edge cognitive-behavioral strategies, I will guide treatment and you will be the expert on what works for you.  We will develop action plans so you will know what to be working on between sessions and to maximize our time together in session.  We will monitor your progress utilizing standardized measures of relevant symptoms and functioning to ensure we are on track to meet your goals.

Please contact me directly regarding fees. Upon request, I will provide a statement for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance provider in order to determine if your policy provides reimbursement for out-of-network providers.

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SERVICES OFFERED

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INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

A Happier, Healthier You

In therapy sessions, we'll collaboratively set agendas to keep us on track, assess progress towards your personal goals, and develop new ways of thinking and behaving to support your emotional health.  We will design a personalized action plan at the end of each session so you can practice new skills in your life, where it matters most.

CLINICAL SUPERVISION

Hone Your Skills

If you are looking to learn about cognitive behavior therapy or hoping to sharpen your skills as a cognitive behavior therapist, I can help. With 10 years of experience providing clinical supervision to psychology interns and post-docs, psychiatric residents, and licensed professionals, I can help you further your skills no matter your experience level.

TRAININGS + WORKSHOPS

Customized For You

If you are seeking training on evidence-based therapy, please contact me to discuss your needs. We can customize a training that will address the specific interventions, disorders or populations relevant to your work. I have provided training ranging from workshops to week-long trainings, both domestically and internationally.

 

CONTACT ME

My office is centrally located near the 405/10 interchange in West Los Angeles.  Parking is available for a fee in the building and street parking is available on the nearby residential streets.

11500 W Olympic Blvd., Suite 460
Los Angeles, CA 90064

424-270-6336

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